Embracing the future

By Representatives from Enel Green Power, Aquila Capital and Pöyry

As outlined on the previous pages, although still relatively embryonic in the solar industry, big data-based analytics innovations are already being deployed. Representatives from Enel Green Power, Aquila Capital and Pöyry discuss where their digitalisation efforts have so far been focused.

Big data and predictive maintenance in PV – the state of the art

By Alessandro Betti; Fabrizio Ruffini; Lorenzo Gigoni; Antonio Piazzi

Big data-based predictive analytics techniques using artificial intelligence technologies offer exciting new possibilities in the field of solar operations and maintenance. Alessandro Betti, Fabrizio Ruffini, Lorenzo Gigoni and Antonio Piazzi examine how the power of data can be harnessed to safeguard the technical and economic performance of the PV fleet.

PV systems with lowest LCOE using bifacial modules: State-ofthe- art systems and components

By Dr. Hartmut Nussbaumer; Dr. Markus Klenk; Dr. Radovan Kopecek; Dr. Joris Libal

Bifacial technology is proving to be an effective means of reducing the levelised energy costs of PV systems, offering substantially improved energy yield for only a minor additional cost. Hartmut Nussbaumer, Markus Klenk, Joris Libal and Radovan Kopecek report on the state-of-the-art in bifacial PV systems, giving an overview of components such as modules, sub-constructions, tracking systems and inverters, and presenting comparative simulation and measurement results from bifacial and monofacial systems.

The 2019 briefing

By John Parnell, Solar Media LTD

After weathering some major upheavals in 2018, the global solar industry looks in decent shape to take on the year ahead. Our team of reporters scope out the big themes for 2019, exploring the technology and market trends that will set the agenda over the next 12 months and beyond.

Getting serious on module underperformance

By Finlay Colville, Solar Media; Mark Osborne, Solar Media

With so many options open to them, EPCs and developers are faced with confusing choices to make over the right PV module technologies. Finlay Colville and Mark Osborne explore the importance of stringent third-party testing in avoiding asset underperformance

Negotiating the pitfalls of PV warranties

By Gustaf Schuler

The value of warranties attached to PV modules is coming under increasing scrutiny as plants age and more is understood about the degradation of modules in the field. Gustaf Schuler discusses the ins and outs of PV warranties and the best methods for mitigating risks

At the heart of floating solar: Singapore

By Dr Thomas Reindl, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)

Singapore operates the world’s largest testbed for floating PV, comparatively testing and evaluating 10 different floating PV installations from around the world, and held the first floating solar conference globally in October 2017. Writing exclusively for PV Tech Power, Thomas Reindl of the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) reports on a form of solar power whose huge potential is starting to be realised

Who’s who at the leading edge of bifacial PV technology

By Dr. Radovan Kopecek, Dr. Radovan Kopecek is one of the founders of ISC Konstanz, which has played a central role in developing some of the bifacial technologies now being commercially deployed.

Cell and module technology | One of the defining trends to emerge so far in 2017 has been an explosion of interest in bifacial PV technology. In the first of three articles in our bifacial special report, Radovan Kopecek looks at some of the key technologies vying for position at the vanguard of fast-growing part of the market.